Posts Tagged ‘FireFox’

Tabbed browsing : Smart Bro vs FireFox

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

 

Hi Guys,

 

  Today I’m going to talk about the tabbed interface for both Smart Bro (our browser) and FireFox. I wanted to take a closer look at it in order to come up with the best of both (if any). The comparison is being made between Smart Bro v2.5.0011 and FireFox v1.5.0.7.

 

  Well, at the first glance, you’ll notice that Smart Bro has a blue icon (mark) on every tab and the text to the right of it. In FF, you’ll see an icon of an empty document instead. When you try to load a website on a specific tab, Smart Bro will show an empty blue icon and start filling that icon until it’s complete which denotes that loading the website is completed. In FF, this is replaced with a progress icon that doesn’t show the progress. The icon itself is very cool, but it doesn’t provide much info.

 

  I noticed that Smart Bro is missing a feature that is available in FF. When a website has a special icon, FF will show that icon, while Smart Bro will not do that. I’m not sure if this is useful, but I think it may come handy sometimes.

 

  When a website, in an inactive tab, is loaded in Smart Bro and completed, it will flash to drag your attention that the website (which you’re not currently looking at) is loaded completely. I found this feature is missing in FireFox. I think this is a nice feature that helps users with a slow connection who are trying to work on multiple sites at the same time.

 

Now for the interaction…

  Smart Bro allows the user to customize what actions should be done for specific events. Left-Click tab, Right-Click tab, Double-Click tab, Shift+Left-Click tab and Shift+Right-Click tab. By default, Smart Bro:

 

Left-Click: Activates the tab.

Right-Click: Closes the tab.

Shift+Left-Click: Reloads the tab.

Shift+Right-Click: Shows the tab menu.

Double Click: Toggles shrinking on/off.

 

  What I think is the best in Smart Bro tabbed interface is the closing event (right-clicking the tab) which is very fast and easy. FireFox on the other hand Activates a tab by left-clicking the tab and shows the tab menu by right-clicking the tab. This doesn’t offer much flexibility in my opinion. I recall seeing a close button on every tab in FireFox, but I’m not 100% sure what was that, but in my version it’s not there.

 

  Both browsers has a close button at the right-most of the tabs area by which you can close the selected tab.

 

  When loading many websites, both Smart Bro and FireFox keep all the tabs in one line, which is a little bit hard when you’re working on more than 15 websites. I think this is not an important issue, but it should be mentioned.

 

  Smart Bro offers options to minimize, restore, close, tile horizontally, cascade and close all the currently open tabs using the top-right control box. FireFox doesn’t offer any of these options unfortunately.

 

  This concludes the tabbed interface comparison. I hope it will be useful to you guys and if you think, I missed a point or two, please leave a comment and I will be more than happy to add them.

 

Mean while…

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

Best regards,

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS).

FireFox is potentially more vulnerable to attack than Internet Explorer!

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

 

Mozilla Web browsers are potentially more vulnerable to attack than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, according to a Symantec report.

But the report, released Monday, also found that hackers are still focusing their efforts on IE.

The open-source Mozilla Foundation browsers, such as the popular FireFox, have typically been seen as more secure than IE, which has suffered many security problems in the past. Mitchell Baker, president of the foundation, said earlier this year that its browsers were fundamentally more secure than IE. She also predicted that Mozilla Foundation browsers would not face as many problems as IE, even as their market share grows.

Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report Volume VIII contains data for the first six months of this year that may contradict this perception.

According to the report, 25 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities were disclosed for the Mozilla browsers during the first half of 2005, “the most of any browser studied,” the report’s authors stated. Eighteen of these flaws were classified as high severity.

“During the same period, 13 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities were disclosed for IE, eight of which were high severity,” the report noted.

The average severity rating of the vulnerabilities associated with both IE and Mozilla browsers in this period was classified as “high”, which Symantec defined as “resulting in a compromise of the entire system if exploited.”

The Mozilla Foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
 

This proves my theory about FireFox and its ability to take the heat from hackers. Sooo… 🙂

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Favorite FireFox extensions – We still need IE

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

 

 

I read this post and it clearly shows that you simply can’t stop using the Internet Explorer engine.

 

Quoting

Joel on Software talks about his favorite FireFox Extensions. I was already using two of the three, but did not know about IETab.

“IETab takes advantage of the fact that Internet Explorer is available as an ActiveX control, which is available to be embedded in any Windows application, to open certain websites in Firefox using Internet Explorer. Whenever a website comes up complaining that you need to get “Netscape 4.0 or some other modern browser” you can just right click on the tab and it’ll pop up right in Firefox being rendered by Internet Explorer. You can set up a list of websites that always come up in IE tabs.”

An excellent addition. It allows me to avoid having to load IE separately for certain Microsoft sites. Well done!

 

Well my friend, you can get the best of all worlds by using Smart Bro.

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

This time, you’ll need to secure your FireFox…

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

When I heard about FireFox for the first time and how cool it was and how secure it was. I thought that what makes FireFox really secure is the fact that it’s not a widely used browser. I also thought that, if it became a major player in the browsers market, it will soon be discovered to be vulnerable too. Just like Internet Explorer.Today, I read an article that proves my theory.

Quoting:

FireFox


Firefox browsers with a version number below 1.5.0.7 are vulnerable. Please upgrade your Firefox to the latest version. The Mozilla foundation has released a security advisory for this problem. Note that the beta versions of Firefox 2 are also vulnerable!

Note: security advisory means “Service Pack”.

So we’re now running to the same problem in FireFox that we originally faced in Internet Explorer. Please keep in mind that this is just the beginning and that you’ll be reading more articles about such problems in the future.

What I want to say is that FireFox had 2 major advantages:

1. It’s secure…well, now you know it’s not after you read the above article.
2. Its cool… well, you can try Smart Bro to see that it’s not

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,
Mind Vision Software (MVS)